Blu-Ray& DVD News (R2/UK): The Messenger Starring Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster





“An intelligent and well-acted film” – The Guardian      “A worthy addition to the canon of Iraq war films” Empire


“A film of quietly assured dramatic clout” – Daily Telegraph


Whilst recovering at home from a severe injury he sustained whilst in combat in Iraq, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery (Ben Foster – X-Men: The Last Stand) is reluctantly posted to the forces’ Casualty Notification Office, whose heart-rendering job it is to inform families that their relatives have died in combat.

 With a sterling cast including Oscar nominated Woody Harrelson* (No Country For Old Men) as Captain Tony Stone and Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi** (The Big Lebowski) as grieving father Dale Martin, this Academy Award nominated*** drama highlights the often ignored aftermath of war and the devastating effect it has not only on the soldiers but also on the families left behind.

Montgomery has more than a few reservations about his new posting. Untrained in counseling or grief management, and unprepared for the new but equally traumatic aspects of his new role, his mentor comes in the unlikely form of Captain Tony Stone, a career soldier and recovering alcoholic.

Struggling at first to communicate, the two quickly form a strong bond over their shared war-torn past and the emotional stress of their job. The futility of the war is never far from their thoughts as they repeatedly deliver devastating news whilst attempting to adjust back to civilian life themselves.

When he is required to visit the home of Olivia Pitterson (Samantha Morton – Synecdoche New York) a woman whose husband has been killed in action, Montgomery finds himself drawn to her strength and faces an ethical dilemma of whether to get close to a woman in such a vulnerable position.

Capturing the solemn tone and mood of the task Montgomery and Stone are undertaking, along with a close look at the ramifications of war, The Messenger is a thought provoking, contemporary tale of grief and hope.

High definition Blu-ray™ and DVD bring the harrowing story of The Messenger to your very own doorstep, perfectly capturing the futility of war and the professionalism with which Montgomery and Captain Stone carry out their difficult job.

Don’t miss this moving tale of sadness, friendship and the horror of war when The Messenger arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 3rd October 2011.

Returning injured from the Iraq war to find his fiancée has decided to move on with her life, veteran U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery is posted to the Casualty Notification Office under the mentorship of Captain Tony Stone. As someone who has had a near brush with death himself, Montgomery is unsure if he is the man to tell people that their loved ones have been killed but finds a confidant and companion in Captain Stone. As they deliver harrowing news to families, the bond of trust and friendship between the two men grows. When Montgomery delivers the news of her husband’s death to Oliver Pitterson, he finds her strength in the face of adversity attractive. As their friendship develops he is faced with the moral dilemma of whether it is right to start a relationship with such a vulnerable woman.


* Best Supporting Actor

** Golden Globe award for best lead actor in a drama series in 2011 (Boardwalk Empire)

*** Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Woody Harrelson) and Best Writing Original Screenplay (Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman)

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